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  • I seriously need help. My eating is out of control now and my weight is just going up and up. I used to go off the rails a bit before but could always reign it in again but I can’t seem to get a grip now. Have done SW numerous times, WW several times and just made things up on my own but I’m desperate now. I’ve done 5:2 before too but I can’t seem to stick to anything now and I’m really fed up. I have a busy social life which unfortunately includes a lot of eating and drinking but I used to be able to go out for these dinners and then pull it back the following day, I can’t even seem to do that now! I really want to get at least 1.5 stone off now but just can’t get my head round anything.

    Jane, if you want to do 5:2, then you need to do some research and some planning.
    1. Read the Fast Diet book and/or watch the TV show “Eat, Fast, Live” — these will give you the basics of the Lifestyle and should inspire you to get with the program
    2. Plan out some menus for Fast Days and write them on the calendar. I have a blog where I share meal menus and recipes to help Fasters have options of what to eat. You will find the address if you click my ‘handle’ and read my profile.
    3. Shop and pre-prep ingredients so that when it comes time to prepare them, it will be easier.
    4. Prepare some healthy soups and freeze them in 1-cup servings. These work well for lunches at work or a quick dinner when rushed. Here’s one we like:

    Minestrone Soup: PB GF [if you use GF pasta] 1 cup =145.5 calories 3 g fat 5.3 g fiber 8 g protein 27 g carbs 86.4 mg Calcium 1/2 cup = 73 calories 1.5 g fat 2.6 g fiber 4 g protein 14 g carbs 43.2 mg Calcium 1 tsp olive oil 1 cup onion, chopped 2/3 cup carrot, chopped ½ cup celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 3 slices pepperoni, chopped ½ cup sweet potato, cubed ½ cup zucchini, diced ½ cup mushrooms, chopped 2 cups crushed tomatoes ¾ cup small white beans, drained and rinsed if canned lots of sage and rosemary, chopped 1 cups water + 2 cups chicken broth/stock, low sodium 1 oz pasta, all or some of it could be whole wheat if you are boosting fiber [orzo, dinetelli, broken spaghetti] 2 tsp Parmasan cheese, grated salt and pepper to taste
    Put the olive oil, onion, carrot, celery, garlic and pepperoni into a sauce pan together and cook over medium heat until onions begin to wilt. Add the sweet potato, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, white beans, herbs, and water. Cook at a simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the pasta and cook until it is soft. Add remaining seasonings. HINT: One serving is one cup, but you could go to 1 and ¼ cups each. This recipe made 4 cups for me – several future meals from one prep!

    5.When I go out to dine, I have one appetizer as a first course, and a second appetizer as a main course. Then I might share a dessert with my husband. All that will a glass of sparkling wine makes a special night out.

    Good luck, Jane.

    Aww Jane, we’ve all been there! Lack of motivation, bad days, busy days, cold weather, socialising… I’ve used every one of them to avoid the dreaded D word.

    The 5:2 is hard; this is my second time but I lost 33lbs in 5 months before. It’s a long slog… BUT I felt amazing for it.

    The 500 days are super difficult but as I’ve stated in other posts, I do an alternative version; 800 x 2 days and 1800 x 5 days. The 800 days are so much easier to manage – for me anyway. There are so many low calorie foods out there that are also filling. You just need to research them as fasting_me says.

    Get your head into the right space, remind yourself that you will thank yourself in 3 months from now and get planning. If you plan, it’s so much easier to stick to it. Once you have favourite recipes, you’ll go back to them over and over and get to know how much you can have quite quickly as it becomes second nature. Plus, you can still go out with friends; all you need to do is choose more sensible options and find a low calorie drink (I’m rather partial to rum and diet coke for only around 70 cals).

    The only thing stopping you, is you. Good luck x

    Well said, Lizzybits!

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